Wild Area

A Trainer walking in the Wild Area.

The Wild Area (Japanese: ワイルドエリア Wild Area) is an extensive area in the Galar region. It adjoins several towns in the region.

The Pokémon found in the Wild Area vary depending on the weather, which can vary wildly between the different subareas. Pokémon with higher levels also wander outside of the normal tall grass in many places. The areas north of the Motostoke River are home to Pokémon with higher levels overall. Once the player has started the Darkest Day or captured Eternatus, Pokémon found throughout the Wild Area will generally have higher levels.

Camera

Unlike most other areas of the game (which use a fixed perspective), in the Wild Area the player can control the camera using the right control stick. The player can also press the L button to automatically rotate the camera to match the direction the player is facing, and press the right stick in order to zoom out/in. These mechanics, as well as the weather and wild Pokémon mechanics, carry over to the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra.

If the player moves left or right, the camera will also automatically rotate towards the player's facing direction, allowing the player to indirectly affect the camera even if one-handed controls ("Casual Controls") are enabled in the Options. This means that, for example, holding directly right will cause the player to move in a clockwise circle (with a diameter about 12 steps across) instead of a straight line. (For comparison, the bridge across Lake Axewell is about 20 steps long.)

When entering the Wild Area from Motostoke or Hammerlocke (or using a Flying Taxi to these Wild Area spots), the camera will automatically face forwards (south). When entering the Wild Area from the Wild Area Station (or using a Flying Taxi there), the camera will automatically face north towards the rest of the Wild Area, even though the station's exit faces west.

Notes

The first time the player goes near certain locations, the game will automatically perform the item pick-up animation followed by the prompt "You found a note! Did someone drop it here?". These notes inform the player about certain Wild Area mechanics.

  • Near the wanderer closest to the entrance (the Onix in Rolling Fields), the game will inform the player about high-level wild Pokémon.
  • Near the closest Berry tree, the game will inform the player about Pokémon Camp and healing the player's team by making curry with Berries.
  • About halfway across the Rolling Fields, the game will inform the player about the right stick and L button controls (even if the player has one-handed controls on in the Options).
  • At the Motostoke entrance/exit, the game will inform the player about Watts and ways to obtain and spend them. (This message will immediately appear if the player warps here using the Meetup Spot NPC.)

(If the player never sees one of these notes, it will remain even after the player beats the game, and can be seen as usual by going near the location for the first time.)

Locations

 
An overview of the entire Wild Area

The Wild Area is composed of 18 subareas, which are grouped into two groups: The roughly rectangular South Wild Area has 10 subareas; and the long, roughly Y-shaped North Wild Area has 8 subareas. These groups are divided by the river that runs from west to east through the southern part of Motostoke, though a bridge allows passage between the south and north. The Town Map shows the rough layout of the Wild Area and relation of the subareas to one another, though the borders shown between them may diverge from in-game borders.

Players first enter the Wild Area at its southernmost point, arriving at the Wild Area Station via train from Wedgehurst Station. Afterwards, players can return to the Wild Area via the Wild Area Station, a number of Flying Taxi destinations, or by just walking south from Motostoke or Hammerlocke.

The player cannot travel directly from the Wild Area to Hammerlocke near the beginning of the game, as an NPC will block the player from entering until they have the Fire Badge. The NPC will then offer to escort/warp the player south of the bridge between the South and North Wild Areas.

South Wild Area

The South Wild Area consists of 10 subareas with a mix of environments. The 2 largest lakes in the Wild Area, Lake Axewell and Lake Miloch, are in this southern half. Prior to becoming Champion, the Pokémon in the South Wild Area are encountered at a lower level than those in the North Wild Area.

These 10 subareas are in the South Wild area, listed in roughly clockwise order from the south.

Subarea Location Notable features
Meetup Spot The southernmost point of the Wild Area
  • The Wild Area Station is in this subarea and is a Flying Taxi destination.
  • Unlike other subareas, no wild Pokémon can be encountered in this area.
Rolling Fields A large area just north of the Meetup Spot. It stretches from the western edge of Lake Miloch to the inner bend of Lake Axewell
  • An Ingredients Seller stands near Lake Miloch in this subarea.
Dappled Grove A forested area in the southwestern corner of the Wild Area
  • A Watt Trader is located near a Berry tree in the east.
West Lake Axewell The western half of Lake Axewell, plus the bridge across its narrowest point and the land north of the bridge
  • Despite the depiction on the Town Map, it also extends north of the footbridge to Motostoke's wall.
Watchtower Ruins A bluff area in the northwestern corner of the South Wild Area
East Lake Axewell The eastern half of Lake Axewell, plus the wide land area north of Lake Axewell & south of Motostoke
  • Standing just east of the entrance to Motostoke are a Watt Trader and the Camping King.
  • There is a Flying Taxi destination in this subarea, just outside the entrance to Motostoke.
Axew's Eye An island in the middle of Lake Axewell's eastern half
  • This subarea is the only part of the South Wild Area that is inaccessible prior to obtaining the Rotom Bike.
  • Pokémon Breeder Chloe can appear on this island.
North Lake Miloch The northern portion of Lake Miloch, plus the land area north of the lake and south of the river
  • Hikers and Fishers may appear throughout this subarea, offering a random item for 100 Watts.
Giant's Seat A long strip of land along the eastern edge of the South Wild Area
  • Standing just east of the entrance to Motostoke are a Watt Trader and the Camping King.
South Lake Miloch The southern, and larger, portion of Lake Miloch, plus the small land area connecting East Lake Axewell to the Giant's Seat
  • Hikers and Fishers may appear throughout this subarea, offering a random item for 100 Watts.

North Wild Area

The North Wild Area consists of 8 subareas with a mix of environments. Bridges run from west to east across the North Wild Area and allow the railroad, Route 3, and Route 5 to cross it. While this part of the Wild Area has only one lake, the Lake of Outrage, many of its subareas have significant ponds. Prior to becoming Champion, the Pokémon in the North Wild Area are encountered at a higher level than those in the North Wild Area.

These 8 subareas are in the North Wild area, listed in order first from south to north, then from west to east.

Subarea Location Notable features
Motostoke Riverbank The southernmost point of the North Wild Area, across the bridge from the South Wild Area and north of the river
  • Hikers and Fishers may appear throughout this subarea, offering a random item for 100 Watts.
Bridge Field A long stretch of hills and ponds that encompasses most of the area between the Motostoke Outskirts and Route 5 bridges
  • One of Galar's two Pokémon Nurseries is in this subarea, at roughly its midpoint along its eastern edge.
  • That Pokémon Nursery is also a Flying Taxi destination.
  • The Digging Duo stands near the Pokémon Nursery.
Stony Wilderness A stone-strewn area just north of the Route 5 bridge
  • Hikers may appear throughout this subarea, offering a random item for 100 Watts.
Giant's Cap An inclined area that stretches along the eastern shore of the Lake of Outrage, including a large pond
  • Hikers may appear throughout this subarea, offering a random item for 100 Watts.
Dusty Bowl A dust-filled hollow in the center of the area north of the Route 5 bridge
  • Galarian Yamask can be evolved at the stone arch.
  • Hikers and Fishers may appear throughout this subarea, offering a random item for 100 Watts.
Giant's Mirror An inclined area that stretches along the eastern edge of the North Wild Area
  • Hikers and Fisher may appear throughout this subarea, offering a random item for 100 Watts.
Lake of Outrage A small lake that isolates a large bluff and a small cove from the rest of the Wild Area
  • This subarea is the only part of the North Wild Area that is inaccessible prior to obtaining the Rotom Bike.
  • A stone circle sits on the bluff on the western edge of the North Wild Area, where various Evolution stones appear each day.
Hammerlocke Hills A bluff along the southern wall of Hammerlocke, overlooking the rest of the North Wild Area
  • Standing just east of the entrance to Hammerlocke are a Watt Trader and an Ingredients Seller.
  • There is a Flying Taxi destination in this subarea, just outside the entrance to Hammerlocke.

Weather

The weather in the Wild Area determines which wild Pokémon can appear and, in some cases, which weather conditions and terrain appear in battle. The weather varies between subareas, and while neighboring subeareas can share the same weather, the weather in each is independently determined. However, since symbol encounters and wanderers spawn based on the weather currently experienced by players, it is possible for the weather of one subarea to affect these spawns in another subarea if players are near the border between them. The weather across the entire Wild Area changes each day at midnight, based on the console's clock.

Common weather conditions include Clear, Cloudy, and Rain. If any subareas on a given day have one of the rarer weather conditions (such as Thunderstorm, Blizzard, Sandstorm, or Fog), the X menu will announce that these conditions are present. On certain special dates, the whole Wild Area will have the same weather. These dates are typically the first of a month.

Icon Weather Common Pokémon Effect in battle Prerequisite Special dates
  Clear (はれ) Normal, Grass, Flying May 1
  Cloudy (くもり) Fighting, Poison, Dark March 1
  Rain (あめ) Water, Bug Rain October 1
  Thunderstorm (豪雨) Water, Electric, Dragon Rain, Electric Terrain November 1
  Snow (ゆき) Ice Hail December 1
December 25
  Blizzard (吹雪) Ice, Steel Hail Visit Hammerlocke February 1
  Harsh sunlight (ひでり) Fire, Ground Harsh sunlight July 1
August 1
  Sandstorm (砂嵐) Ground, Rock Sandstorm Visit Hammerlocke April 1
  Fog () Psychic, Ghost, Fairy Misty Terrain Become Champion February 29
June 1

Prerequisites

Some weather conditions will only begin to appear in the Wild Area after players have reached certain milestones in the game. Before players have unlocked these weather conditions, subareas that would have had them instead have a specific replacement weather condition. These replacement conditions are changed to the original condition immediately after players reach the appropriate milestone, even if the weather would not yet have reset otherwise.

  • Sandstorm: Unlocks after visiting Hammerlocke and is replaced by Harsh sunlight
  • Blizzard: Unlocks after visiting Hammerlocke and is replaced by Snow
  • Fog: Unlocks after becoming Champion and is replaced by Clear

The restrictions for Fog are not present in the Isle of Armor or the Crown Tundra.

Features

The Wild Area has a number of features that appear in many different areas:

  • The Wild Area is populated with 99 Pokémon Dens, where the player can participate in Max Raid Battles.
  • There are a large number of hidden items throughout the Wild Area. These items respawn daily, and each specific spot may yield different items on different days.
  • Watt Traders allow the player to trade Watts for items, participate in the Rotom Rally, change the color of their outfit, and upgrade their Rotom Bike.

Items

Hidden items

There are a large number of hidden items throughout the Wild Area. These hidden items regenerate each day, even if the player has not obtained them.

Each spot has one or more possible items that it can yield, with the possible items depending on the spot. Every item that regenerates daily can also rarely regenerate as a Wishing Piece (at approximately a 1% chance) instead of the items in its standard pool.

100-Watt gifts

Hikers and Fishers may appear in different parts of the Wild Area to offer the player an unspecified item for 100 Watts. The player does not know what the item is until they agree to purchase it.

Fisher

Item Location Games
  Pearl ×3 Common  Sw  Sh 
  Big Pearl Common  Sw  Sh 
  Big Pearl ×2 Average  Sw  Sh 
  Big Pearl ×3 Average  Sw  Sh 
  Pearl String Average  Sw  Sh 
  Pearl String ×2 Rare  Sw  Sh 
  Wishing Piece Rare  Sw  Sh 

Hiker

A Hiker's possible items depend on the player's progress, changing when the player gains their second Badge and when they become Champion.

Item Rate
0-1 Badge 2-8 Badges Champion
  Exp. Candy XS Common
  Exp. Candy XS ×2 Common
  Exp. Candy XS ×3 Common
  Exp. Candy XS ×4 Average
  Exp. Candy XS ×5 Common
  Exp. Candy S Rare Common Common
  Exp. Candy S ×2 Common Common
  Exp. Candy S ×3 Rare
  Exp. Candy M Rare Common
  Exp. Candy M ×2 Uncommon
  Exp. Candy L Rare
  Rare Candy Rare Rare Rare
  Wishing Piece Very Rare Very Rare Very Rare

Trainers

Pokémon Breeder Chloe can appear in many different Wild Area zones. If the player loses, their Pokémon will be fully healed. She can be challenged more than once per day, but every time she is defeated, she will relocate.

She can appear in the following Wild Area zones:

Trainer Pokémon
Before earning the Fire Badge
 
Pokémon Breeder Chloe
テツコ Tetsuko
Reward:  2,600
  Grookey Lv.13
No item
  Scorbunny Lv.13
No item
  Sobble Lv.13
No item
After earning the Fire Badge
 
Pokémon Breeder Chloe
テツコ Tetsuko
Reward:  9,000
  Raboot Lv.30
No item
  Drizzile Lv.30
No item
  Thwackey Lv.30
No item
After becoming Champion
 
Pokémon Breeder Chloe
テツコ Tetsuko
Reward:  18,000
  Inteleon Lv.60
No item
  Rillaboom Lv.60
No item
  Cinderace Lv.60
No item


In the anime

 
The Wild Area in the anime

Main series

The Wild Area first appeared in Mind-Boggling Dynamax!, where Ash and Goh explored it after their arrival in Galar. They witnessed a Snorlax Gigantamaxing, but it blocked a railway line in the process, threatening to cause an accident. However, Ash and Goh were able to make Snorlax move off the tracks, saving the train. Afterwards, in the same area, Goh caught the Scorbunny that had followed him from Wyndon.

In A Pinch of This, a Pinch of That!, Ash and Goh revisited the Wild Area, this time accompanied by Chloe, to dig up Fossils that could be found there. They met two bumbling Fossil diggers named Cara Liss and Bray Zenn, whom they helped dig up Fossils they intended to restore into an Arctovish and a Dracozolt. However, their Fossil pieces got mixed up as they started the restoration process, resulting in them being restored as Dracovish and Arctozolt instead. After some interactions with the Fossil Pokémon, Cara Liss and Bray Zenn were satisfied with the data they had gotten and let Ash and Goh take care of them. As such, Ash then proceeded to catch Dracovish, while Goh caught Arctozolt.

In JN100, Goh visited Motostoke Riverbank and caught himself a Gossifleur before encountering Sonia, whom he joined to find more Pokémon to catch, although reluctantly due to her horrendous driving skills. Ash, meanwhile, joined Leon on a training session in the Wild Area, which also included relaxation and having fun with the local Pokémon. After helping out an injured Rookidee, they returned to Wyndon to reunite with Goh and Sonia.

In JN101, Ash and Goh explored the Wild Area together. When Grookey's enthusiasm ended up scaring away any wild Pokémon that Goh wanted to catch, they decided to use curry as a lure, buying some ingredients from a Hiker after they ended up eating the first batch of curry themselves. The curry lured out a wild Thwackey, which Goh's Grookey started seeing as a mentor figure. It turned out that this Thwackey couldn't drum as well as the rest of its group due to having only one stick instead of two. Ash and Goh helped it to learn to speed up its drumming, allowing it to stay on rhythm with the others of its kind. Seeing how well Thwackey was now doing with its group, Goh decided to not catch it and even offered Grookey a chance to stay with it, but Grookey preferred to stay with him.

Pokémon found in the Wild Area

 
Braviary
 
Maractus
 
Wooloo
 
Ribombee
 
Grubbin
 
Phantump
 
Seedot
 
Goomy
 
Hippopotas
 
Tympole
 
Frillish
 
Flygon
 
Snorlax ↔ Gigantamax Snorlax
 
Rookidee
 
Budew
 
Butterfree
 
Joltik
 
Ditto
Caught Pokémon
 
Scorbunny
 
Boldore
 
Dracovish
 
Arctozolt

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

 
The Wild Area in Pokémon: Twilight Wings

The Wild Area first appeared during a montage at the end of Letter, where Bea was shown confronting a wild Rhydon. Bea's visit to the Wild Area was shown in full in Training, where she took a Flying Taxi there to train with her Machop, Machoke, and Machamp following her loss against Leon in a battle.

In the manga

 
The Wild Area in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Sword & Shield chapter

The Wild Area first appeared in Zap!! A Rising Beam of Light, where Henry, Casey, Professor Magnolia, and Marvin went there to investigate the Pokémon Dens in the Rolling Fields, encountering Team Yell in the process.

In PASS12, the group traveled through the Wild Area again in order to reach Hammerlocke.

Trivia

  • The theme used for the northern parts of the Wild Area, including Bridge Field onward, is shortened for Routes 6, 7, 8, and 9.
  • The Wild Area is based on the Lake District.[1]

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 曠野地帶 Kwongyéh Deihdaai
Mandarin 曠野地帶 / 旷野地带 Kuàngyě Dìdài
  Dutch Wilde Land
  Finnish Villi seutu
  French Terres Sauvages
  German Naturzone
  Italian Terre Selvagge
  Korean 와일드에리어 Wild Area
  Polish Dziki Obszar
Portuguese   Brazil Área Selvagem
  Portugal Área Selvagem
  Russian Нетронутые Земли Netronutyye Zemli
  Spanish Área Silvestre


References


Galar


Settlements
PostwickWedgehurstMotostokeTurffieldHulburyHammerlocke
Stow-on-SideBallonleaCirchesterSpikemuthWyndon
Routes
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Landmarks
Slumbering WealdGalar MineGalar Mine No. 2Motostoke Outskirts
Glimwood TangleRoute 9 TunnelRose Tower/Battle TowerEnergy Plant
Wild Area
Meetup SpotRolling FieldsDappled GroveWatchtower RuinsEast Lake AxewellWest Lake Axewell
Axew's EyeSouth Lake MilochGiant's SeatNorth Lake MilochMotostoke RiverbankBridge Field
Stony WildernessDusty BowlGiant's MirrorHammerlocke HillsGiant's CapLake of Outrage
Isle of Armor
Fields of HonorMaster DojoSoothing WetlandsForest of FocusChallenge BeachTower of WatersBrawlers' Cave
Challenge RoadTower of DarknessCourageous CavernLoop LagoonTraining LowlandsWarm-Up Tunnel
Potbottom DesertWorkout SeaStepping-Stone SeaInsular SeaHoneycalm SeaHoneycalm Island
Crown Tundra
Slippery SlopeMax LairFreezingtonFrostpoint FieldGiant's BedRock Peak RuinsIron RuinsOld Cemetery
Snowslide SlopeIceberg RuinsTunnel to the TopPath to the PeakCrown ShrineGiant's FootRoaring-Sea Caves
Frigid SeaThree-Point PassSplit-Decision RuinsBallimere LakeLakeside CaveDyna Tree Hill


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